Friday, January 3, 2014

New Session starts January 18!

Studio d'Improvisation de Montréal continues! 

Come be part of this exciting ensemble-based workshop where you'll be able to unleash your creative spirit and develop skills as an improvising musician. All are welcome, no matter what instrument you play, how long you've been playing, or what style of music you might come from. This four-day workshop is about playing music together in real time, and the experience you have will be just as important as the music we make together.

Over four Saturday afternoons we'll work on: What is improvisation? How do we get started? What do we listen for? How do we evaluate what we are playing? We'll play, talk, listen, play some more, and we'll make some good music together!

Piano, drums, p.a. and some amplifiers will be provided for you on-site.

Workshop leader trumpet player Ellwood Epps has led the SIM since 2009. He is one of very few musicians working primarily as an improviser, playing regularly across Canada and the US. He has worked with internationally renowned improvisers including William Parker, Steve Lacy, Lori Freedman, and Henry Grimes, and appears on more than 50 recordings. He has taught and worked with many kinds of students, from age 5 to 75, including beginners, professionals, people with special needs, and in settings including hospitals, jazz festivals, and his own studio.

The dates are January 18 and 25, and February 1 and 8 from 1-3pm.

The workshop will be in both French and English, depending on the needs of participants.

To sign up, please send an email to

The cost of the workshop is $80. This price includes all four afternoons.

To watch some videos of SIM's summer concert, follow these links:

For info on Ellwood Epps, go to

''L'atelier à été une très belle expérience dans les fondements même de l'improvisation , l'écoute , la réponse, la sensibilité, les sons etc. Merci encore Ellwood pour cette très belle expérience et pour l' inspiration que nous nous a insuffler durant ces ateliers.'' -Francois Corbeil

''The worshop with Ellwood Epps was a way for me to try something new with my voice.'' 
-Vincent Bergeron